Review: Mirror Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold

Series: Vorkosigan Saga
Published by: Baen
ISBN: 0671722107
ISBN 13: 9780671722104
Published: 1994
Pages: 560
Format reviewed: ePub
Site: Author Site
Goodreads: Book Page
Stars: Five out of Five
Related Reviews: Reading Challenge: Vorkosigan Saga Project

This book covers some pretty grim scenes – easily the most graphic in the series so far, which is saying something. Some parts are pretty horrific, which at least when it comes to the near-end the reader is able to take some other quite graphic actions in hand, and almost feel relieved they’ve happened.

Bujold is pretty incredible. If you were to note down the plot points in a vague list and give it to someone, saying that the author has managed to carry this all off in a way that seems believable – they would think you’re crazy. Or that at least you’re easy to please.

It’s been remarked upon before that I, as a reader, am not easy to please. Hence why I think it’s pretty incredible that Bujold has managed to orchestrate Miles and Mark in such a way. She ruins you for other books, that you may have once enjoyed but now will struggle to spend time on – because they’re just a bit too easy or not as clean with the intricacies of plot and/or world building as Bujold presents, book by book.

That’s about as coherent I think I’m going to manage to be for this book. To say much would be to spoil something in this or the previous book, though I will of course unpack certain things when Tsana and I get around to doing our discussion post for this book. Stay tuned, and for goodness sake read this damned series. But this book is hard, and if you’ve suffered any kind of trauma then trigger warnings galore on this one.

Now I need some damned tea and a British comedy panel show. Or five. To revive myself.


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